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Motorway footbridge reopened following four month closure

Posted on Monday 18th February 2013 at 4:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Opening of the new Pegwell Brake footbridge over the M5 motorway.

The replacement Pegwell Brake footbridge over the M5 motorway near Patchway was officially opened to the public this morning (Monday 18th February) by pupils from Coniston Primary School.

The new steel pedestrian bridge, located between junctions 16 and 17 of the motorway, was installed last month and officially opened today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local Councillors.

The 57-tonne bridge was installed as part of the M4/M5 Managed Motorway Scheme and replaces an old concrete one, known locally as the Banana Bridge, which was dismantled at the end of last year.

The new bridge is suitable for high-sided vehicles to pass under when the managed motorway is fully operational and the hard shoulder is used as a traffic lane.

Highways Agency senior project manager Paul Unwin said:

“We’re pleased to open the bridge for the local community to use. We would like to thank all road users and pedestrians for their patience in following the diversion routes and making alternative travel arrangements when needed over the last couple of months while the work was carried out to install the new bridge.”

Cllr Chris Mills, Chair of Patchway Town Council wanted to officially mark the opening of the new footbridge and attended today’s ceremony. Cllr. Mills said:

“This footbridge is well used by the people of Patchway as it gives access for local residents, particularly walkers and dog owners to a network of public footpaths in the open countryside to the north of the motorway. We are delighted that it has been replaced and is now open to the public again.”

Second photo: Coniston Primary School Year 6 pupils cut the ribbon »

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New footbridge successfully installed over M5

Posted on Friday 11th January 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

The new Pegwell Brake Footbridge over the M5 motorway.

Contractors worked solidly during Monday and Tuesday night this week to successfully install a new Pegwell Brake Footbridge over the M5 near Patchway as part of the M4/M5 Managed Motorways scheme.

The new steel pedestrian bridge, located between junctions 16 and 17 of the motorway, is suitable for high-sided vehicles to pass under when the managed motorway is fully operational and the hard shoulder is used as a traffic lane. The footbridge is planned to open towards the end of January and replaces the old concrete bridge (locally known as the Banana or Rainbow Bridge), which was dismantled at the end of last year.

Installation of the 57-tonne bridge required the M5 being closed in both directions for the duration of the work each night, from 10pm until 6am the following morning, when both carriageways were re-opened.

Highways Agency Senior Project Manager Paul Unwin said:

“We would like to thank all road users for their patience in following the diversion routes and making alternative travel arrangements while the work was carried out to install the new bridge.”

“The installation of the new bridge is an essential part of the Managed Motorways scheme, and the closures meant that our workers were able to concentrate on doing a fantastic job in installing the structure as quickly and as safely as possible.”

Once completed, the Agency hopes that the £89m M4/M5 Managed Motorways scheme will cut congestion, make journey times more reliable and improve safety through the use of variable mandatory speed limits and by opening the hard shoulder as an extra running lane.

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New motorway footbridge to be installed next week

Posted on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 8:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Pegwell Brake footbridge - at the foot of the exposed southbound landing.

A replacement for the recently-removed Pegwell Brake footbridge over the M5 near Patchway is due to be installed next week, reports the Highways Agency.

The previous bridge was dismantled last November, when a number of massive cranes were brought in to hoist it away after it had been cut into two sections.

The bridge, also known locally as the Banana or Rainbow Bridge, is being replaced as part of the £89 million M4/M5 Managed Motorways project that will see hard shoulder running introduced at peak times on the M4 (between the top of the M32 and the Almondsbury Interchange) and the M5 (between Cribbs Causeway and the Almondsbury Interchange).

The previous bridge had a curved profile that meant there was limited height clearance over the hard shoulder. It is being replaced by a steel bridge that will allow high-sided vehicles to pass under when the managed motorway scheme is fully operational and the hard shoulder is used as a running lane.

The M5 will be closed overnight for two nights (Monday 7th January and Tuesday 8th January) to allow the new bridge to be installed.

The northbound carriageway will be closed from junction 17 (Cribbs Causeway) to junction 16 (Aztec West), while the southbound carriageway will be closed from junction 15 (Almondsbury Interchange) to junction 17.

On each night, the motorway will be closed from 10pm and will re-open at 6am the following morning.

Installation is a complex engineering process, says manager »

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Motorway footbridge to be dismantled this weekend

Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2012 at 10:51 am by SH (Editor)

The Pegwell Brake footbridge over the M5 motorway, near Patchway.

A footbridge over the M5 near Patchway is to be dismantled this weekend, necessitating the full closure of the motorway for up to 15 hours.

The Pegwell Brake footbridge (also known as the Banana or Rainbow footbridge), provides a link between Patchway and the village of Over. It carries a public footpath that runs from the back of houses in Park Leaze, Patchway, down through woods on the Almondsbury escarpment before emerging onto Over Lane.

The bridge is being replaced as part of the £89 million M4/M5 Managed Motorways project that will see hard shoulder running introduced at peak times on the M4 (between the top of the M32 and the Almondsbury Interchange) and the M5 (between Cribbs Causeway and the Almondsbury Interchange) from early 2013.

The M5 will be closed between junctions 17 and 16 northbound and junctions 15 to 17 southbound from 7pm on Saturday 10th November and the motorway will re-open by 11am on Sunday 11th November.

The southbound entry slip road at junction 16 (A38, Aztec West) will be closed an hour earlier at 6pm.

Carriageways that are to be closed will be reduced to single lane running prior to the closure time.

More: Dismantling the bridge is "a huge engineering feat" »

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